Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

James Comey


 In late October, after, FBI Director James Comey had made a second intrusion into the campaign between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid accused Comey of violating federal law that prohibits government employees from using their official powers to electioneer. 

Harry Reid pointed out that Comey had made multiple public comments about FBI inquiries into Clinton’s email practices, but employed a double standard with respect to the two candidates.   

In a letter to the FBI Director, Senate Minority Leader Reid wrote: “In my communications with you and other top officials in the national security community, it has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors and the Russian government, yet you continue to resist calls to inform the public.”

“By contrast, as soon as you came into possession of the slightest innuendo related to Secretary Clinton, you rushed to publicize it in the most negative possible light.”

According to The New York Times:“ Russians had hacked the Republican National Committee’s computer systems in addition to their attacks on Democratic organizations, but didn’t release the information they gleaned from the Republican networks.”

In mid-September, the Washington Post reports: “[White House] officials devised a plan to seek bipartisan support from top lawmakers and set up a secret meeting with the Gang of 12—a group that includes House and Senate leaders, as well as the chairmen and ranking members of both chambers’ committees on intelligence and homeland security.  President Obama sent FBI Director James Comey and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to make the pitch for a ‘show of solidarity and bipartisan unity’ against Russian interference in the election, according to a senior administration official.”

However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected the appeal to create a united front in support of American democracy.  Whatever, Comey and the other officials relayed to the Gang of 12, his presence in that role tipped off Reid that Comey had deep knowledge of Russian interference efforts, and even stood prepared to inform the public pending bipartisan approval.

A month later, just before the election, and after in partisan prodding from within the FBI, Comey disclosed the discovery of a batch of Clinton emails (none of which turned out to be relevant, and nearly all of which turned out to be duplicates), that most likely handed the election to Donald Trump.

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